The conference

The concept of EU’s Open Strategic Autonomy

A contribution to the Conference on the Future of Europe

At a time of rising global challenges, a more sovereign Europe is expected to be one of the aspirations of the upcoming French Presidency of the Council of the EU. “Achieving strategic autonomy while preserving an open economy” has been recently identified by the European Council as a key objective of the Union and the concept of “Open Strategic Autonomy” has been further developed by the European Commission in the just published 2021 Strategic Foresight Report. However, the same notion of strategic autonomy, including its geopolitical dimension, is often controversial and strongly debated at academic and institutional level.

The IEE Alumni network invites you to discuss this concept with Professor Mario Telò, President emeritus of the IEE, and Mr Bruno Dupré, Advisor for Security and Defense, European External Action Service (EEAS) – Secretariat General.

Through this seminar, organized with the support of the IEE and in the context of the Conference on the Future of Europe, the IEE Alumni intend to participate in the current debate on the topic and offer their contribution to the on-going work of the Conference.

The Speakers

Mario Telò is a professor at the LUISS University and the ULB, President Emeritus of the IEE-ULB. He is a member of the Royal Academies for Science and the Arts of Belgium.



Bruno Dupré has been detached, since September 2013,  by the French Quai d’Orsay to the EU Diplomatic Service (EEAS). In 2017, he has been appointed Security and Defense Advisor to the EEAS Secretariat General, in charge of the strategic autonomy file and the European Union Defence. From 2011 to 2017, he was Head of Sector for Security Threats such as pandemics (Ebola), chemical and biological weapons, drones (targeted killings), nuclear issues (nuclear fuel bank). Before 2011, he held different positions in Paris, Brussels and Washington as Head of the Disarmament Bureau for the Strategic Affairs Directorate (Paris), Political Counsellor on Armaments in NATO Secretariat General (Brussels), Armament Attache (French Embassy in Washington) and Legal Counsel for the Defense Procurement Agency (Paris). He holds a PhD in law (European University Institute) and a Master of Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Practical information

Date: Friday, November 12, 2021

Time: From 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Place: Institute for European Studies of the ULB, 39 Avenue Franklin Roosevelt, Room Spaak.

The conference can also be followed online. Please mark your preference on the registration form. A link will be sent on the eve of the conference to those registered to attend online. 

A cocktail will follow the event for those on-site. Plese note that the presentation of a Covid Safe Ticket and an ID card will be required


Registrations are closed!